Tuesday, January 20, 2009



A LONG TIME COMING

Over three years ago I bought this magnet for a friend, my loudest and most outspoken anti-Bush friend. Her husband was a Bush supporter, so he wouldn't let her affix it to their car's bumper, as she'd hoped, so she put it on their frig. out in the garage. For three years I've gone over to visit her and taken a look at that magnet, and thought, that will be a historical and important day.

Three years ago I'd never even heard the name Barack Obama.

Two years ago I went away for the weekend with two friends, and the place we were staying had a bunch of magazines laid out. The one on top was TIME with a picture of Barack Obama. One of my friends said, "I went to high school with him in Hawaii."

"Oh yea?" I asked. "Who is he?"

And so she told me.

And as she told me, I just knew he would be our next president.

Then Rojo started telling me Barack Obama would be our next president, and for the next many months I tried to rest in that "knowledge" as we played the waiting game before making it official.

Today it's official.

I am overcome with emotion.

And gratitude.

And hope.

And love.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

That magnet just came down. There is so much hope in the air.
Obama will make a difference! He already did yesterday. The numbers of people who did service was tremendous. Now he needs to show how that can become part of the fabric of one's life.

Anonymous said...

ps
that man voted for Obama!

Drama Mama said...

I love that Rojo knew he'd be our next president.

Wanda said...

I have been weeping with joy all morning. Free at last!

deb said...

I actually cried when I listened to his speech which is not like me at all.

Michelle O'Neil said...

So much to celebrate. What an amazing day it's been.

Love.

Amber said...

I sat today with Wyatt, keeping him home this AM to watch this moment happen. I sat with tears in my eyes, knowing that all the love that is pointed his way is so powerful.

And we lighted the candles in a prayer for him. And a prayer for Bush... We are all only human, after all. I wish him well...but Faaar from Washington. lol

:)

Rev. Christine said...

Yes, we can. Yes, we did! We will never be the same.

She said...

It is GOOD, oh so GOOD!

marge said...

I was glued to the tv all day. His speech was so incredible. Truly a leader a humble and bold leader. I am so excited. My friend went to DC just to be there and feel the excitment. She said the feeling down in her soul was so moving and had never felt that kind of excitment and hope.

Deb Shucka said...

We are so blessed to be living in these times, to get to see hope come to life.